Modern Warfare 2 and Overwatch 2 drop prepaid phone restrictions

Activision has eliminated the restrictions on prepaid mobile phones for’s 2FA system, meaning that everyone with a mobile phone—no matter what kind—will be able to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Overwatch 2.

Activision and Blizzard came under fire over the 2FA system, called SMS Protect (opens in new tab), in October—not because of the phone number requirement, which other games including Dota 2 (opens in new tab) and Rainbow Six Siege (opens in new tab) also require, but because it would not accept prepaid mobile phones or VOIP. If you wanted to play two of the biggest games of the year, in other words, you had to be signed up for a mobile phone contract, something an awful lot of people are choosing not to do (opens in new tab) as prepaid wireless services become more flexible and competitive.